Briefs (Aug. 18)

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DUI emphasis patrols

OLYMPIA – Law enforcement across Washington will increase DUI (Driving Under the Influence) patrols Aug. 17 through Sept. 3 to keep drivers safe during what is typically the deadliest time of the year on the state’s roadways.

The Snohomish County Target Zero Task Force, local police departments, sheriff’s offices and the State Patrol will participate in the emphasis patrols in search of drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Drivers impaired by alcohol, marijuana and other drugs are involved in nearly half of all traffic deaths in Washington. Darrin Grondel, director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, said: “If you are in the position to prevent someone else from driving impaired, please be bold. Offer to call them a ride or give them a safe place to sober up.”

Misconceptions add to the problem. A statewide roadside survey shows that of drivers ages 15-20 who admit to driving after marijuana use, more than half believe marijuana makes their driving better.

WTSC is encouraging people to “Make a Plan Before You Party.” “There are so many ways to travel safely, from taxis and ridesharing apps to public transportation, that driving drunk or driving high should never be an option,” Grondel said. For details go to wadrivetozero.com/DUI.

Drive-by shooting

MARYSVILLE – A 33-year old Marysville man was struck by gunfire around 12:30 early Friday morning, police reports say.

The man was near the Shell gas station at 1209 4th St. in downtown Marysville.

A car drove by slowly, and the passenger opened fire, striking the man in the lower body.

When officers arrived, they found the man lying on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett with non-life threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation has led detectives to believe it was not a random shooting, that there was some disagreement between the man and the person who shot him. A nearby camera caught an image of the suspect car.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the Marysville Police Department at 360-363-8300.

Marysville man jailed on child porn charges

MARYSVILLE — A 44-year-old Marysville man was caught watching child porn in the public library, police reports say.

A girl called Marysville police Jan. 23 to report she’d taken cellphone pictures of a man’s computer screen as she sat near him in the library at 6120 Grove St.

She showed the pictures to police. The photographed screen showed a thin naked girl, who looked to be in the early stages of puberty, police say. Another picture depicted a boy being sexually abused by a man, according to the girl’s report.

The young witness described the photos as “large and in plain view.” Police approached the man and did not see pornographic pictures, but noted the screen was visible to anyone nearby. His Dell laptop was seized, and the man was cited for unlawful display of sexually explicit material, a misdemeanor.

Police obtained a search warrant to sift through the laptop’s data. A detective marked at least 8,680 files with explicit images of children.

Court records show the man had been convicted of a sex crime in 2007 and was still on probation. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of possessing child pornography. Bail was set at $100,000.

Ex-star pleads not guilty

A former “Deadliest Catch” fisherman, Jacob Harris of Marysville, has pleaded not guilty to four charges in Monroe Municipal Court.

According to court documents, Harris was reportedly caught at Walmart on Dec. 14 trying to make a fraudulent return. An employee reportedly told a Monroe police officer that Harris picked up a waterproof car-top bag valued at about $70 off a shelf, then tried to return the item.

The Monroe Monitor newspaper reported that Harris appeared on a few seasons of “The Deadliest Catch,” where he worked on the Cornelia Marie, owned by his father, the late Phil Harris. His other brother, Josh Harris, is currently running the crab fishing boat, and was featured on the most recent season.

The charges Harris faces are one count of first-degree criminal trespass, one count of third-degree attempted theft, one count of first-degree driving with a license suspended, and one count of use of drug paraphernalia. In another local case involving Harris, he was beaten and robbed in 2016 in Everett, after being taken from a Tulalip casino. Two people were later arrested in Spokane.

Arlington guilty plea

ARLINGTON – An Arlington woman has admitted to being drunk and high when she caused a fatal collision on U.S. 2 in Monroe last year.

Lorri Arnett, 55, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, a felony, on July 30. She could spend up to 13⅓ years in prison under state sentencing guidelines. As part of the plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend 10½ years. Arnett was driving southbound on Highway 9 near Lake Stevens on July 4, 2017. In a westbound Chevrolet Malibu were Barbara H. Moell, 87, of Marysville, and her son-in-law, who was driving. They were hit at the highway’s intersection with Roosevelt Road. Moell died days later at the hospital. In the plea paperwork, Arnett acknowledged that testing about 2½ hours after the crash showed her blood-alcohol level at 0.21, more than double the legal limit to drive. In addition, the marijuana in her system was three times over the legal limit.

Arnett has three previous felonies, two of which involved drugs, according to public records. Arnett also has eight misdemeanors, including the DUI and at least four other driving offenses.

‘The Last Jedi’ tonight

MARYSVILLE – Last Saturday night’s Popcorn in the Park movie event will take place Aug. 18 instead.

Star Wars – The Last Jedi will be shown starting at 9 p.m. at the Jennings Park ballfield.

For safety’s sake, the free family event was canceled last week because of inclement weather.

Learn about business Aug. 23

ARLINGTON – The Washington Small Business Development Center will have an event from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 23 in Arlington City Council Chambers, 110 E. Third St.

Attendees can learn about the range of resources available to your business. Learn how to create and sustain business success: business resources in Snohomish County, planning for profitability, preparing for financing and information about SBDC advising services.

Those who wish to start a business, grow their business, obtain financing, and work with the Washington SBDC should plan to attend the event.

To register or for additional information, email snohomishcountysbdc@wsbdc.org.

Training on Lodging Tax Grant program Aug. 22

ARLINGTON – The application for the Arlington Lodging Tax Grant program for projects that promote economic development and tourism in the city is now available. Applications are available on the city’s website or by contacting the Finance Department at 360-403-3421. Applications can also be picked up at City Hall, 238 N. Olympic Ave.

Applications may only be accepted from public and non-profit agencies. Completed applications are due Oct. 2. A training on the grant program, the application, and the selection criteria will be held on Aug. 22, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Arlington City Council Chambers.

Arlington Arts Council chooses winners in photo contest

ARLINGTON – The Arlington Arts Council has announced the winners of the Flowers of Arlington Photo Contest .

Jason Morrison took first place with his Rhody photo. Kathy Rodriguez was second and Sharon Parker Johnson third.

MG grad gets scholarship

MARYSVILLE – Carson Mielke, a recent graduate of Marysville Getchell High School, recently received a BECU Foundation scholarship.

The BECU Foundation awarded 80 BECU student members either $2,500 or $3,500 scholarships each. Since 1995, the foundation has awarded more than $2.6 million to more than 1,000 students.

The foundation awards scholarships to student members who have demonstrated community service, as well as academic and leadership potential.

Students can apply online in January at BECU.org/scholarship. Members must be graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students enrolled in a two-year, four-year, or technical college or university, and have a passion for helping others.

Candidates for BECU’s summer internship program can apply online this fall at BECU.org/careers.

Red Curtain seeks volunteer help

MARYSVILLE – Volunteers are being sought for the Red Curtain theater group.

Positions only take a few hours per show plus you get to see the show for free.

Needed are a House manager, two concession helpers, a box office staff and two ushers.

Go to signup.com or email volunteer@redcurtainfoundation.org or call 360-322-7402.

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